Quintus Smyrnaeus, Posthomerica

LCL 19: 622-623




As the Trojans sleep, Sinon summons the Greeks. The slaughter begins. Ilioneus vainly begs Diomedes for his life, but Priam is eager to be killed when confronted by Neoptolemus. Hector’s young son Astyanax is murdered; his mother, Andromache, begs for death but is taken into slavery. Antenor is spared as reward for past hospitality. Calchas warns the Greeks not to harm Aeneas, who is destined to found a new city. Menelaüs kills Helen’s new husband, Deïphobus, but Aphrodite prevents him from killing Helen. Locrian Ajax rapes Cassandra in the temple of Athena, incurring the goddess’s wrath. The city is set ablaze. Theseus’ mother, Aethra, unexpectedly meets her grandsons. Priam’s daughter Laodice prays to be swallowed up by the earth.

Most of these events were narrated in the Sack of Ilium. The best-known extant account is that in Virgil’s Aeneid (2.250–804), where the narrator is Aeneas.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.quintus_smyrnaeus-posthomerica.2018